American SectorRéf Tour : # B1
If you stay in Paris, you can take a train from Paris St Lazare station for a day-trip.
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Pick-up/Drop-off places :Bayeux or Caen train stations.
Pick-up time/Drop-off time : operating all year around but restricted program during winter period, on week-ends and bank holidays.Duration: 8 hoursRate for 1 to 7 pax : from 550€Inclusions
Lunch of the guide/driverExclusions
Entrance fees or tasting fees, unless mentioned
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Meals and drinks, unless specified
Personal insurance and expensesDescriptionOmaha beach – The US cemetery – The German Battery Pointe du Hoc (the Ranger Memorial) – Utah Beach – The Utah Landing Museum – Sainte-Mère-Eglise
Explore with your licensed driver-guide the details of Overlord operation and discover key American D-day sites and the different divisions (Infantry, Navy, Airforce, Support) involved in the landing of Omaha and Utah areas. During that highly personalised tour, your guide will give you some full explanations to better understand what went wrong and what went right for each battlefield site. By the end of your visit, you will understand the strategic choices for the Allied invasion of Normandy and you will feel that you have proudly fulfilled your duty of remembrance by paying tribute to all those young men who sacrificed themselves to save France, Europe and the world.
You will start your day with « Bloody Omaha » to explore the remains of the German Atlantic Wall (tobroucks, bunkers, casemates …) where the first assault waves Big Red One and 29th divisions landed in different sectors (Dog, Easy and Fox). You will also be able to observe the the remains of the artificial harbour of Omaha called Mulberry A.
Naturally, a stop at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach is planned in order to honour the memory of the 10,000 American soldiers buried or missing in action.
The visit will continue to the German battery at Pointe du Hoc, the only place where huge craters are still visible due to naval and aerial bombardments. 225 rangers bravely climbed up the 100 feet cliffs to capture the 6 guns. They will be encircled by the Germans and liberated a day and a half after intense fighting.
For the lunch, you will be heading to Utah beach. We suggest you to have a quick meal in a special place a few meters from the dunes of Utah Beach where Theodore Roosvelt Junior landed here exactly. The restaurant was a a fisherman's house before the war. Then during the german occupation, it served as an office for the Todt Organisation in charge of construction of the Atlantic wall and became after the landing, the headquarters of the 1rst Engineer Brigade. Adjacent to the house, the US Navy communications center was set up. Both operated from june until november 1944. If the owner is here, you will have maybe the opportunity to visit that private bunker with german and american equipments from the time. Inside the restaurant and bunker, hundreds of veteran autographs decorate the walls.
On Utah Beach, you will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the memory of the men of the engineers, the navy and the 4th and 90th infantry divisions and you will see a Higgins boat, a full-size replica of a landing craft.
Then your guide will drive through the countryside and the hedgerows to take you to Sainte-Mère-Eglise, made famous in the movie « The Longest Day » with an accidental drop of some paratroopers of the 82nd airborne division in the center of the village. Among them, John Steel stayed hanging at the church steeple for a few hours. The tour will end with the visit of that 12th century roman church with some military stained glass windows devoted to the 82nd airborne division.